The transfer market is really heating up for the Illinois basketball schedule as they have now been added to the bigger roster of male players.
There are a lot of transfers out there, but you could argue that big man Tre Mitchell is the biggest target of any program trying to compete for a national title. Mitchell on Friday decided to narrow the scope of his recruiting to just six teams.
Among the six teams to make the cut for Mitchell were players like Florida State, Bryant, Texas, Georgia, LSU and Illinois. Those are six tough programs, but it could be argued that the Illini need the Big Man most.
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– ™ (@ tre_mitch33) May 14, 2021
Out of Woodstock Academy in Canada, Mitchell was a four-star rookie and ranked 84th in the Class of 2019. He was able to make four official visits during his initial recruiting in 2018. Mitchell visited UConn, Notre Dame , UMass and Illinois. Only one of those four teams made their first roster again this time around.
What does this top six mean for Illinois basketball?
I think making the top roster for Mitchell is up there with the top roster of Ayo Dosunmu, Adam Miller, and Kofi Cockburn. That’s how much I think he can impact Illinois this coming season.
It’s not just an ordinary transfer. Mitchell has racked up massive numbers since joining the Minutemen in 2019. He averages 17.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1 block and 1 steal per game as a rookie. Those numbers increased slightly last season, averaging 18.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals per game.
Honestly, the biggest weakness I see on Illinois’ roster right now is in fifth place. I think this is resolved with a player like Mitchell stepping in. In fact, I see Illinois being a contender for another No.1 seed in the NCAA tournament with Mitchell in fifth place. That’s how good this kid can be for the Illini.
Snagging Mitchell cannot be underestimated. If Illinois shows it, we will be one of the top five national teams, a contender to win the Big Ten in the regular season, the Big Ten tournament and a contender for the national title.